Parish Cabin Fire Update September 2, 2012
Incident: Parish Cabin Wildfire
Incident Commander Brian Watts
September 2, 2012
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The Parish Cabin Fire, located 15 miles northeast of Seneca, OR, near the intersection of Forest Roads 15 and 16.
Crews continue with burnout operations in the Dark Canyon area, on the northeast flank, tying lines together and fortifying existing containment lines. Firefighters working other portions of the fire are constructing additional containment lines and holding existing ones. Resources will be patrolling and responding to spot fires along lines.
Malheur National Forest Supervisor Teresa Raaf asks that visitors to the Forest please use extreme caution while on public lands. "Conditions on the Forest are very conducive for any type of ignition source or heat to spark a wildfire." Says Raaf " Visitors should use safe practices, such as not parking in grass, not smoking outdoors; if using a designated campground please make sure your campfire is dead out and cold to the touch."
Smoke will continue to intermittently settle into drainages and valleys, causing decreased visibility. Please use caution while driving on Highway 395, between John Day and Seneca, as there will be increased fire vehicle traffic.
For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains in effect which includes several Forest Service Roads with road guards posted. Closure maps with descriptions are available at Malheur National Forest Offices and also at http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/.
For safety reasons, hunters are advised to remain clear of the area, and should not plan hunts near the fire activity; this area will remain closed for an extended period of time.
6,275 Acres IR Flight Data September 1 11:07 p.m.
Human Caused - Under Investigation
Total - 875
Type 1 Crews - 3 Dozers - 7
Type 2 Crews -20 Engines - 31
Helicopters - 6 Water Tenders - 12
Overhead - 231 Camp Crews - 2
Protection of critical resources and structures in the area. Continue to hold existing lines and maintain anchor point on the south flank, patrol and respond to any spot fires, continue with mop up activities.
Temperatures will be in the mid 70's on Sunday, with winds from the west to northwest 3 to 5 mph, relative humidity between 8 - 13%.
Oregon Department of Forestry, Burns Paiute Tribe, Grant County